Old City Hall


Old City Hall photo of Old City Hall
For nearly a century this site on the Campus Martius was the seat of Detroit's city government. City Hall was designed in 1860 by the firm of A. N. Jordan and James Anderson, but the Civil War forced postponement of the construction until 1868. Impressive ceremonies marked the dedication of the building on Fourth of July 1871. An imposing structure with a mansard roof, City Hall was built of cream-colored Amherst sandstone and the clock in the 200-foot tower was said to be the largest in the nation. Statues of Cadillac, LaSalle, Marquette, and Richard were designed for the building by Julius Melchers to recall the city's French heritage. After a bitter public debate, City Hall was razed in 1961.
 

Registered Site HB18
Erected 1971

Location: Kennedy Square, Woodward and Michigan
Detroit, Wayne County

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Missing Markers
Public Buildings

Evidence indicates that this Marker is no longer in place.


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